Rolls with the Tide

Javier Arenas, from Tampa-Robinson, (Fla.) was offered a scholarship by the University of Alabama Monday morning. As soon as the offer was extended, the star athlete made a verbal commitment to the Crimson Tide.

"I made my commitment to Alabama yesterday," said Javier Arenas. "Coach Dave Ungerer came by my high school yesterday morning. He asked me if I wanted to come to Alabama. I told him I did, and I accepted the scholarship right away."

"Coach Ungerer has been great to me. He has always been honest. He never made me any false promises. He told me as soon as they could offer me a scholarship they would. He made the offer and said he could keep his promise now."

The 5-9, 175-pound phenom was overlooked by the big Florida schools, but he knew his time would come.

"Everything just feels amazing now," Arenas said. "It's an honor to receive a scholarship from Alabama. I have been through the worst part of the recruiting process, and I knew it would get better. I knew I would get my chance, but had to wait on it. It's a relief that one week before signing day my favorite school made me an offer."

Arenas made a verbal commitment to Florida Atlantic, but he informed the coaching staff of his decision immediately.

"I informed the coaches [Florida Atlantic] as soon as I made my commitment," he said. "I have a lot of respect for them. I told them when I made my commitment that I was still going to wait to see what Alabama does. I told them they were No. 2 on my list. Alabama has always been No. 1."

There were several reasons Arenas chose the Tide as he shared, "Academics has always been stressed more than anything by my high school coach. I checked out the academic situation at Alabama, and it was great. I love their academic program."

"The football program is a bonus. It's a great program, and I have so much respect for coach [Mike] Shula. I am really looking forward to meeting him this weekend during my official visit. This will be my first trip ever out of the state of Florida."

Arenas has been compared to Alabama star Tyrone Prothro with his quickness and ability as a playmaker. The new Tide verbal commit sees himself in that same mold.

"I could definitely see myself doing the same things he [Tyrone Prothro] does," he said. "I have always been so impressed with him. I hated to see him get hurt the way he did. I really feel like I will be able to come in and contribute right away. I was recruited as a defensive back, but I feel like I will help out on special teams as soon as I get there."

As a senior, Arenas scored 16 touchdowns with seven as kick and punt returns.

Arenas projects as a full qualifier with an 18 on his ACT.

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